I master said, ‘I am sitting here alone

t is not a parable, it is simply a fact. Look directly into it. There is
no need to search for any meaning. It is like a rose flower — a
simple statement. If you start looking for meaning you will miss
the meaning of it. The meaning is there, obvious; there is no need to
search for it. The moment you start searching for meaning about
such simple facts, you weave philosophies, you create metaphysics.
And then you go on and on, and you move far away from the fact.
It is a simple statement. The Zen master said, ‘I am sitting here
alone with myself.’ This is the greatest miracle. To be alone is the
greatest achievement. One always feels a need for the other. There
is a tremendous need for the other because something is lacking
within ourselves. We have holes in our being; we stuff those holes
with the presence of the other. The other somehow makes us
Aloneness is the
presence of
oneself. Aloneness
is very positive. It
is a presence,
presence. You are
so full of presence
that you can fill the
whole universe
with your presence
and there is no
need for anybody
Somebody asked a Zen master, ‘What is the greatest miracle in the
world?’ The master replied, ‘I am sitting here alone with me. ‘What
is the meaning of this parable?
complete, otherwise we are
Without the other we don’t
know who we are, we lose our
identity. The other becomes a
mirror and we can see our faces in
it. Without the other we are
suddenly thrown to ourselves.
Great discomfort, inconvenience
arises, because we don’t know who
we are. When we are alone we are
in very strange company, very
embarrassing company. We don’t
know with whom we are.
With the other, things are clear,
defined. We know the name, we
know the form, we know the man
or the woman — Hindu, Christian,
Indian, American — there are some
ways to define the other. How to
define yourself?
Deep down there is an abyss…
undefinable. There is an abyss…
emptiness. You start merging into
that. It creates fear. You become
frightened. You want to rush
towards the other. The other helps
you to hang out, the other helps
you to remain out. When there is
nobody you are simply left with
your emptiness.
Nobody wants to be alone. The
greatest fear in the world is to be
left alone. People do a thousand
and one things just not to be left
alone. You imitate your neighbours
so you are just like them and you
are not left alone. You lose your
individuality, you lose your
uniqueness, you just become
imitators, because if you are not
imitators, you will be left alone.
You become part of the crowd,
you become part of a church, you
become part of an organisation.
Somehow you want to merge with a
crowd where you can feel at ease,
that you are not alone, there are
so many people like you — so
many Muslims like you, so many
Hindus like you, so many
Christians, millions of them… you
are not alone.
To be alone is really the greatest
miracle. That means now you don’t
belong to any church, you don’t
belong to any organisation, you
don’t belong to any theology, you
don’t belong to any ideology —
socialist, communist, fascist,
Hindu, Christian, Jain, Buddhist —
you don’t belong, you simply are.
And you have learnt how to love
your indefinable, ineffable reality.
You have come to know how to be
with yourself.


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